The peach season is one of the most anticipated times of the year, and of course, it’s because it’s that time of the year when you get to enjoy some delicious and juicy peaches. However, unfortunately, peaches are around only for a few months. Only a peach lover knows how it feels to wait for the next peach season to be able to enjoy this delicious fruit. This is why people are always looking for ways to store peaches and enjoy them throughout the year.
However, the correct way to store peaches differs depending on whether you’re freezing ripe, unripe, cut, or whole peaches.
If you want to ensure that your stored peaches don’t go bad over time, you should make sure you’re storing them right.
Let’s have a look at the correct way to store peaches.
How to Store Peaches – The Right Way to Do it
It’s difficult to say no to a peach. Just seeing a peach makes you want to cut it up and eat it, or chop it up and toss it into your lunchtime salad. If, on the other hand, your emotions led you to buy more peaches than you can eat before they spoil, you should consider storing them.
But don’t be concerned. We’re not going to let your favorite fruit spoil. We’ll show you how to keep peaches so you can enjoy them when your local fruit market runs out.
Storing Unripe Peaches
Peaches need a few more days to ripen before they’re ready to eat when they’re firm to the touch and lack their characteristic sweet scent. The best location to keep them till then is on the counter at room temperature. To avoid damage, keep them unwashed and position them stem-side down, preferably in a single layer. You can also keep them for 1 to 3 days in a sealed paper bag. Ethylene is a gas produced by peaches that speeds up the ripening process. When peaches are wrapped in a bag, ethylene is contained as well, speeding up the ripening process.
Storing Ripe Peaches
If you have a perfectly ripe peach that you aren’t ready to eat, put it in the fridge in a loosely tied plastic bag. Put a thin produce bag from the grocery shop in the produce drawer after twisting it. The fruit’s natural ripening process will be slowed by the cooler temperatures, and you can store your peaches in the fridge for up to 5 days. Keep in mind, though, that the cold air can dehydrate the peaches, so keep an eye out for wrinkles. If a refrigerated peach develops wrinkles, consume it as soon as possible or freeze it for later use.
Storing Peaches that Have Been Cut
If you cut up your peach and can’t eat it all at once, spray it with citrus or acidic fruit juice (like lemon or orange juice) to help prevent oxidation. Just keep in mind that as soon as you slice a peach, oxidation can begin to degrade the vitamins, so larger slices are preferable. Slice it as near to your mealtime as possible
Storing Peaches for a Longer Duration
If you have more peaches than you can possibly consume before they rot or the skin wrinkles, the freezer is the ideal place to store them. Peaches that are ripe (but not mushy) are best for freezing. The peaches should be peeled, sliced into wedges, and frozen on a baking sheet or plate before being transferred to a freezer bag. They’ll last months in the fridge, preserving their sweet flavor and orange color. Defrost them as needed for smoothies, cobblers, and pies, among other things.
If you want to extend the life of your peaches, follow these simple, step-by-step instructions:
- To begin, create a shallow “x” at the bottom of each peach with a sharp knife.
- Bring a kettle of water to a boil after that.
- Once the water is boiling, blanch your peaches for 60 seconds before plunging them into a dish of ice water for another 60 seconds.
- After that, pull the skins off, halve, and pit the fruit.
- Make a thin syrup with 4 parts water and 2 parts sugar in a saucepan.
- Allow the sugar to dissolve and the syrup to cool.
- Coat the peaches and place them in plastic freezer bags once you’re done.
- Your peaches will survive 10 to 12 months if you store them this way.
If the prospect of not being able to eat peaches until the following season makes you melancholy, remember that you don’t have to be. Peaches can be stored for up to a year.
You won’t have to wait for peach season to arrive since you can now enjoy a consistent supply of peaches all year! Just make sure you’re keeping the peaches correctly based on their maturation level. Don’t expect unripe peaches to be ripe when you defrost them if you freeze them unripe. If you have a bunch of unripe peaches that you want to store, let them ripen first before storing them. Peaches can be enjoyed all year if everything is done correctly.
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